Good morning, Maisy Fans! In honor of summer vacation, Maisy and the Money Marauder, the second book in The Maisy Files series, is free for the Kindle from now until Monday, June 8th! If you haven't had a chance to share Maisy and the Money Marauder with the young readers in your life, now is the perfect time! Also, as always, the first book, Maisy and the Missing Mice, is just 99 cents!
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In honor of my June birthday, I'm giving a gift to readers! My children's book, Maisy and the Missing Mice will be free on the Kindle on June 28th and June 29th! Check it out here!
Maisy and the Missing Mice is free for the Kindle on Saturday, April 5th! Check it out!
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Maisy and the Missing Mice got a great review from The Children's Book Review!
Maisy and the Missing Mice: The Maisy Files, Volume 1
By Elizabeth Woodrum Paperback: 72 pages Age Range: 8 and up
Publisher: CreateSpace (October 14, 2013) ISBN: 978-‐1492922056
What to expect: Mystery, Problem-‐Solving, Mice, Lollipops
Educator Elizabeth Woodrum’s first foray into writing children’s books is a fun mystery with an imaginative and assertive fourth-‐grade girl protagonist, Maisy Sawyer.
Well liked and known by the students and teachers at her school as a problem-‐ solving detective that closes every case, Maisy takes on the task of finding out who stole the school mice—she hopes to have them returned safely to their home where they can maintain their school mascot status in the science lab. The case turns into a trifecta when Maisy’s plastic bag full of her beloved cherry flavored lollipops go missing from her locker and her best friend’s little brother’s tooth that fell out at school also disappears. As the plot thickens and it appears that this may be one case too big to solve, Maisy begins to unravel the case by using a clue from a fifth grade witness that saw a black boot disappear around a corner at the scene of the crime, some mysterious notes from a devious student that goes by the name of Black Boot and claims to be the thief, and the frequent smell of pepperoni pizza.
Woodrum certainly knows her target audience and does a very nice job with the character development of Maisy. In lieu of illustrations, her descriptions of Maisy’s love of old black-‐and-‐white mystery movies really help to set the stage and create a visual experience that shows how Maisy’s imagination—along with her natural drive—is the key to her strategic thinking.
“When she was on a case, her world seemed to fade to the black and white of one of those mystery movies. Shades of gray colored everything. She even imagined her bedroom at home to be her detective agency office.”
This is an incredibly kid-‐friendly story that makes a great introduction to the genre of mystery for newly independent readers. It’s a quick page-‐turning read that encourages kids to think outside of the box.
—The Children’s Book Review
Today, a Maisy and the Missing Mice excerpt is being featured on the blog I'm an Eclectic Reader. Check it out by clicking the picture!
Maisy and the Missing Mice has been reviewed on the iHeart Reading blog! It got four stars! I've pasted the full review below, but you can check it out on the iHeart Reading blog by clicking the logo at the end of this post!
Maisy and the Missing Mice was a short, but enjoyable read. It’ll be ideal for lower graders who enjoy a pleasant mystery. It’s not scary at all, and our detective and main character, Maisy Sawyer, will be very relatable for little kids. She loves cherry lollips, her dog Reesie, and hanging out with her best friend, Veronica. At times, she’s completely random – like any regular kid – but she does have an intelligent head on her shoulders, and she loves solving puzzles and mysteries.
Like a junior Sherlock Holmes, Maisy tries to solve the mystery involving the Black Boot, the thief who stole the school’s mascots and later on, her lollipops, threatening her he’d crush all her lollipops if she got involved. As Maisy gathers clues, she also has to deal with Veronica’s upcoming birthday party.
The book is a light-hearted, fun read. The plot moves fast, but not so fast kids won’t understand it. The main character is easily relatbale, she’s funny, and entertaining. The mystery itself wasn’t overly complicated to understand, but it wasn’t blatantly obvious either.
A great mystery read for its target audience, and enjoyable even by an older audience. It reminded me of the mystery books I read when I was younger, and seems to have that tough of magic some children’s mysteries lack. Definitely worth reading, and ideal for kids.
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Maisy and the Missing Mice will be going on a blog tour in January! I'm glad to be working with Pump Up Your Book for my tour! Be sure to check it out. There will be audiobook giveaways, book reviews, interviews, and guest posts! Check out the information below and check back for daily posts about where to find the book on tour!
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Elizabeth Woodrum's Blog
Elizabeth Woodrum is the author of the children's book series, The Maisy Files. She is also a full-time teacher and creator of teaching materials that can be found on Teachers Pay Teachers. This blog is a mix of teaching and author topics.